My name is Avril (Robson) Freda & I
lived in North Newark on Verona Ave. When I saw the picture of the
old Dugans truck, it brought back many memories. My Mom & Dad
worked for Dugans back in the 50's.
I remember going to the Kent movies which was located on Mt. Prospect
Ave., near Verona Ave. I think it cost 25 cents back then. Also
the Elwood movies & the Capital on Washington Ave. Belleville.
I met Clara Belle the Clown at the Kent movies.......He was from
the Howdy Doody show. He gave all us kids a miniature loaf of Wonder
bread. lol And then squirted us with his water bottle.
Who could forget the way Bamberger's used to have all their windows
decorated at Christmas time & I think they even had a Carousel
inside where you also had your picture taken with Santa & got
a gift too.
On mischief night we would walk up Washington Ave. Belleville,
where a lot of the stores had their windows painted for Halloween
& when the store owners saw us coming they told us it was ok
to soap up their windows, but not to use anything else on them.
(Like wax) & of course NO EGGS. lol
Branch Brook Park was always a special place for us to go, the
cherry blossoms, sleigh riding down Dead Mans hill & just hanging
out until dark & then the police would chase us out.
I really enjoyed this site. It brought back so many wonderful memories.
Thanks for letting me share my memories,
Avril (Robson) Freda
PS: I attended Elliot St. school, then Broadway Jr. high &
Barringer High school from 1961 - 1964 (Jan. class)